5 things to consider when upgrading to a heat pump hot water system
Are you in the market for a new hot water system? If so, you may be considering an electric heat pump water system. Heat pump water systems are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason – they are energy efficient and can save you money on your utility bills.
However, before you make the switch, there are a few things you should consider.
In this blog post, we will discuss five things to keep in mind when upgrading to a heat pump water system.
1. What is a heat pump water system and how does it work
A heat pump water system is a type of water heating system that uses a heat pump to heat water. The heat pump works by extracting heat from the surrounding air and transferring it to the water. This makes heat pump water systems incredibly energy efficient, and they can save you money on your utility bills. The benefit of heat pump systems is the cost of heat is much lower than with other types of heaters.
While heat pump water systems are energy efficient and can save you money in the long run, they do have a higher initial cost than traditional water heaters. Therefore, it is important to consider the upfront cost of the heat pump water system when making your decision. There are government incentive programs that can assist with subsidising the upfront cost of heat pump systems. At Voltage Wholesale, we can help you with this. A small upfront administration fee of $33 will get you started.
2. The benefits of a heat pump hot water system
A heat pump hot water system is a great way to heat your water and can offer many benefits over traditional methods such as gas or electric heaters. Some of the benefits of a heat pump hot water system include:
- Energy efficiency – A heat pump hot water system can be up to three times more efficient than traditional heating methods. This means that you can save money on your energy bills.
- Environmentally friendly – Heat pump hot water systems do not produce any greenhouse gases, making them a much more environmentally friendly option than gas or electric heaters.
- Reduced noise – Heat pump hot water systems operate very quietly, so you won’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbours.
- Long lifespan – With proper maintenance, a heat pump hot water system can last for many years.
- Easy to install – Heat pump hot water systems are relatively easy to install and can often be done by one of our qualified technician in just a few hours.
If you’re thinking about upgrading to a heat pump hot water system, be sure to consider the benefits that it can offer. It’s a great way to save money and help the environment.
3. Things to consider before upgrading
When upgrading to a heat pump hot water system, there are several factors you’ll need to take into account:
1. The voltage of your home. Most heat pump hot water systems require a 220-volt outlet, so be sure your home can support that before making the switch.
2. Your current hot water system. If you have an electric water heater, you may need to upgrade your panel to accommodate the new heat pump. Gas and propane heaters can’t be used with heat pump systems.
3. The size of your hot water needs. Heat pump systems are available in a variety of sizes, so be sure to choose one that can accommodate your family’s hot water needs.
4. The climate you live in. Heat pump systems work best in warmer climates, so if you live in an area with cold winters, you may want to consider another option.
5. The cost of installation and maintenance. Heat pump systems can be more expensive to install and maintain than other types of hot water heaters, so be sure to factor that into your decision.
4. Maintenance and care for your heat pump water system
Just like any other appliance in your home, heat pump water systems require regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance. Here are some tips to help you keep your heat pump water system running smoothly:
1. Clean the heat exchanger regularly. The heat exchanger is the part of the system that heats the water, so it’s important to keep it clean to prevent build-up of dirt and debris.
2. Check the evaporator coils monthly. The evaporator coils help transfer heat from the air to the water, so it’s important to keep them clean and free of any obstructions.
3. Inspect the condenser coils yearly. The condenser coils help transfer heat from the water to the air, so it’s important to keep them clean and free of any obstructions.
4. Clean the air filter (at least) monthly. The air filter helps keep dirt and debris out of the system, so it’s important to change it regularly to prevent build-up.
5 The NSW Government ESS Incentive
The NSW Government Incentive Scheme around Heat Pumps is a great way to help reduce the cost of upgrading to a heat pump hot water system. The scheme offers a rebate of up to $1,600 for heat pump hot water systems, making it a more affordable option for many households.
To be eligible for the rebate, you must:
- Be a NSW resident
- Be the account holder of an active and approved electricity account with a retailer in NSW
- Apply for the scheme by clicking here
For more information about the NSW Government Incentive Scheme, visit their website.